What is it?

Myxedema coma is an extreme or decompensated form of hypothyroidism and while uncommon, is potentially lethal.
Myxedema is the result of having undiagnosed or untreated severe hypothyroidism.

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Signs & symptoms

respiratory depression
low blood sodium levels
low body temperature
low blood oxygen levels
high blood carbon dioxide levels


Myxedema crisis is a medical emergency. Once suspected, TSH and T4 levels need to be checked right away. Treatment can begin immediately. A physical examination is often used to make the initial diagnosis.


Myxedema crisis is considered a medical emergency and requires immediate attention. ICU treatment is necessary for those undergoing myxedema crises. The heart and breathing of the patient are continually monitored. Along with thyroid hormone replacement, steroid treatments and other medications may be needed.

☝️ This is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult with your physician before making any medical decision.

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